FSU men's basketball makes big jump in rankings

Published: Jan. 3, 2017 at 9:13 AM EST
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By: WCTV Eyewitness News

January 3, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Florida State men's basketball made a huge jump in both the AP Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Poll this week after a big win over ACC power Virginia.

FSU, ranked No. 12 in the AP top 25 and No. 13 in the coaches poll, beat then-No. 12 Virginia 60-58 in Charlottesville Saturday.

It was the first road win against a ranked opponent for the Seminoles since 2012, and the team finds itself with its highest ranking in nearly 25 years. FSU (14-1, 2-0) is also currently atop the ACC standings.

The ACC leads the country in number of ranked teams, with seven. Duke (8th AP, 8th Coaches), Louisville (9th AP, 9th Coaches), Virginia (11th AP, 12th Coaches), North Carolina (14th AP, 16th Coaches), Virginia Tech (21st AP, 23rd Coaches), and Notre Dame (23rd AP, 21st Coaches) are the other ranked teams in the conference.

Florida State continues its brutal stretch of schedule Saturday against No. 21/23 Virginia Tech. Between December 31st and January 21st, FSU faces off against all six currently-ranked ACC teams.

Sophomore Dwayne Bacon leads FSU in scoring at 18.1 points per game.